Biden said that the intelligence services in his country are divided regarding the origin of “Covid-19”, noting that this includes either its appearance due to its transmission to humans from an infected animal or its leakage due to an accident in a laboratory.
The US President added – in a statement – that he called for further investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
He also said that the United States will continue to work with its partners around the world to pressure Beijing to participate in a “complete, transparent and evidence-based” international investigation, expressing his regret for the country’s stance on the issue.
In recent weeks, the theory of the virus leaking from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan has returned strongly to the mainstream of discussions in the United States, after it was excluded by most of the experts.
The American Wall Street Journal says that – according to an American intelligence report – 3 researchers from the Chinese laboratory were transferred to the hospital with “similar symptoms” to Covid in October 2019, a month before the official outbreak of the disease, according to China.
On the other hand, Beijing accused Washington Wednesday of spreading “conspiracy” theories about the origin of Covid.
“Some in the United States are spreading conspiracy theories and misleading information, such as the hypothesis of leaking from a laboratory,” Chinese diplomatic spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized in front of reporters.
Zhao said if the United States really wants to adopt transparency, it should – like China – invite WHO experts to investigate the Fort Detrick military base and all its biological laboratories around the world.
After four weeks in Wuhan at the beginning of the year, a joint study by WHO and other Chinese experts in March considered an accident in the laboratory “extremely unlikely.”
It is noteworthy that the first cases of Covid-19 were detected at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, before the virus spread around the world, killing nearly 3.5 million people.